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Beneficiary University of Pavia (UPV)

General Description

The University of Pavia is an Italian HEI boasting a centuries-old tradition of excellence, having had as part of its faculty 3 Nobel Prize winners. At present, it is home to a vibrant and diverse academic community composed by more than 23,000 students and almost 1,000 members of the teaching staff, coming from Italy but also from abroad. UNIPV offers a wide variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary teaching activities organised by 2 Faculties, 18 Departments and 85 study programs at all levels, with an excellent student-to-teacher ratio in a “city-campus” endowed with 20 public and private colleges. UNIPV hosts state-of-the-art equipment, laboratories and infrastructures and cooperates in many national, EU and international projects with public and private institutions, enterprises and companies. With reference to H2020, UNIPV has/is hosting 11 MSCA actions (4 ETN, 1 EJD, 3 IF and 3 RISE), 9 ERC grants (4 Starting, 3 Consolidator and 2 Advanced) and is involved in other 27 collaborative R&D projects for a total of 47 participations (€21m). The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences promotes and coordinates research, teaching and technology transfer aimed at the study, understanding, and modelling at various scales of the physical, chemical and biological processes that control the Earth system. It represents a scientific, technical and cultural reference for all public and private subjects involved in the management and planning of the territory and the environment, in the safeguard of biodiversity and in the conservation of cultural heritage.


Role and Profile of key people

Maria Pia Riccardi PhD is Associated Professor in Applied Mineralogy and Petrography (GEO/09). Study of rocks raw materials and historical artefacts (archaeometry and diagnostics for conservation); design of new materials (materials science). Scientific activity essentially concerns mineralogical and petrographical studies of ancient and modern, natural and synthetic materials.

Serena Chiara Tarantino PhD is Researcher in Mineralogy (GEO/06). Research activity lies at the intersection of mineralogy, solid state chemistry and materials science, and are aimed to relate the short- and long-range crystal structure to the macroscopic behaviour of mineral solid solutions and other complex materials; Alkali activation of clays and waste to design new materials for structural application.

Francesco Zucca Ph.D. is Researcher in Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis (GEO/04). Remote Sensing measurements and analysis on geo and biophysical processes at a range of spatial and temporal scale (from micro to mega, from second to years) by using both active and passive sensor in the VIR, NIR, SWIR, TIR and microwave spectral field and close-range to very remote sensors.


Key Research Facilities, Infrastructure and Equipment

The research laboratories are equipped with complex analytical instrumentation, located in thematic laboratories (, or available to all researchers in the different disciplines of the University, such as those present at the Arvedi Laboratory in Pavia ( At the DiSTA, headquarters of the project, will be used the instruments already prepared for the analysis and diagnostics applied to ancient and innovative materials of transformation of natural geomaterials: optical polarized microscopes with transmitted and UV light, microFTIR, HR-SEM equipped with microanalysis EDS and WDS, and electron microdiffraction (EBSD), XRPD, ultra-pycnometer, portable spectrophotometer, lamps for artificial aging test, small portable instrumentation. The research group has the support of the technical and administrative staff of the university and the DiSTA.


Independent research premises

The diagnostic and analysis laboratories are of the University of Pavia and are available to all researchers of the University. The departments have the ordinary management of the analysis and research facilities (including laboratories). The laboratories are equipped with complex analytical instruments and the activities are guaranteed by the technical staff of the laboratory. Prof. Maria Pia Riccardi is responsible for the Arvedi laboratory, dedicated to studies and research in Cultural Heritage..


Previous Involvement in Research and innovation actions

XraMan - An analytical tool with combine X-ray fluorescence and Raman (Lombardy Region - Program ERGON); * Archaeometric applications for historical buildings in Argentina. Guidelines for the conservation and valorization of cultural heritage. CUIA, Argentina; * Inventories of public property and knowledge of construction techniques and materials for conservation and the reduction of vulnerability of the architectural heritage”. Fondazione CARIPLO (Italy); * Gestione Integrata dei Beni, Cremona. Fondazione CARIPLO (Italy); * The new arrangement of Lombard rural complexes through creation and implementation of cultural networks. Fondazione CARIPLO (Italy)


Current involvement in Research and Innovation actions

Glyptic and glassmaking: the gathering (GLASSGEM). Looking for ancient recipes, production and trading of more than 1000 glass gems from the National Archaeological Museum in Aquileia, partner: Milano-Bicocca University, Aquileia National Archaeological Museum, AGLAE Lab. The Celtic-early Roman period metalworker's district of Mediolanum-Milan (Lombardy, Italy). Partner: National Archaeological Service – Milano, Metallogenesi sas. The production of glass in Liguria. The glasshouse of Altare(SV): archaeometric study of glass-making and glass-working indicators (Middle Ages). Partner: Priamar Museum, DAFIST -University of Genova.